My Hair is So Dry and Dull
I've tried so many things to achieve healthy hair and I really don't know what I'm doing wrong; I'm 16 – male with very fine hair. What I mean when I say my hair isn't healthy is that it feels like straw, looks dry, dull, and generally is thin. It never looks greasy though, just very, very dry, even though it feels soft. I also have random different textured strands at the front of my hair that look very dry, which are my main problem.
My routine: I wash my hair once every two days with shampoo and conditioner, plus a deep conditioner. I towel dry my hair (not roughly) somewhat and let it air dry till it's about 60% dry, then I apply a leave in conditioner, mousse, argan oil and a heat protectant, and of course I blow-dry my hair (on the lowest setting of an ionic blow-dryer).
General factors: I eat quite healthy (including drinking e.g. water); take vitamin supplements daily – A, C, D, E, biotin, fish oil etc… Regularly try natural deep conditioning treatments, regularly try oils such as coconut and olive oil, I’ve tried protein treatments, use sulphate-free shampoo and conditioner, exercise a decent amount, shower in the morning not at night, take lukewarm showers If I use no products (specifically mousse) - then my hair is extremely thin and appears more unhealthy - I regularly cut my hair every six weeks, sleep on silk pillowcases, get eight hours or more sleep daily, and the water I use is not too hard, I even tried a filter. I also carried out a recent elasticity test and found out my hair does not stretch whatsoever and doesn't break.
There is probably more I have tried in the span of a year or so but I'm really not getting anywhere. I'm not sure if it's heat damage, but I have stayed away from heat for a whole month now and even at the roots my hair is just as dry looking and damaged. The last thing I'm left with is to use shampoo a lot less.
Let me know if you have any suggestions (even if it costs).
It sounds like a texture issue with your hair and its natural growth. For something like this we would recommend you see a Trichologist however to help with coarse hair we usually suggest Kerastraight to help soften the cuticle and make more manageable hair.
Nioxin homecare such as Sandalore and Diaboost are amazing to help retain hair and give appearance of fuller hair whilst encouraging growth.
It could be a great idea to check your heritage too, this would give you more insight into hair textures and you may find a resemblance with textured hair as to me some of your hair problems seem to resemble oriental and African hair this could help toward your resolutions.